Where to get halal chicken rice in Singapore
Chicken rice is Singapore’s unofficial national dish. This simple, often unassuming chicken and rice dish can be found at almost every corner, from hawker stalls offering $3 meals, to higher-end restaurants attempting to perfect each plate. We’ve sussed out 10 halal chicken rice in Singapore to try, including hotel buffet options, and a wallet-friendly spot serving orange-hued rice.
1. Jefri The Original Botak Chicken
Nothing on the menu at Jefri The Original Botak Chicken crosses the $4 mark, making this Muslim-owned chicken rice stall one of the more popular options in the east. Queues start to form as soon as the hawker stall opens at 11:30am, so it might be wise to head down early.
Crowds flock to the Bedok Interchange hawker stall for their Nasi Ayam Goreng ($3.50), which comes with orange-hued rice, chicken slices, cucumber, and a bowl of clear soup. The unusual colour of the rice is achieved by frying the fragrant chicken rice with a mix of sambal and tomato paste, so you get a slightly sweet and spicy flavour.
Address: 207 New Upper Changi Road, #01-07, Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre, Singapore 460207
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 10pm
Jefri The Original Botak Chicken Rice is not a halal-certified eatery, but is Muslim-owned
2. Edmond Chicken Rice
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Edmond Chicken Rice is a halal-certified chicken rice stall with two outlets: Telok Blangah (Blk 11 Telok Blangah Crescent, #01-110 Singapore 090011), and Tanglin Halt (48A Tanglin Halt Market Stall 28, Singapore 148813). The snaking queues are a testament to the high standards of their chicken rice. Here you can look forward to generous portions of poached chicken, which is said to be juicy and tender, and fluffy rice that’s light yet flavourful. Don’t forget to get a serving of their special chilli sauce for a spicy kick!
3. OK Chicken Rice
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This halal-certified chicken rice chain has multiple outlets across the island, including heartland areas such as Ang Mo Kio and Hougang. At OK Chicken Rice, a plate of chicken rice starts at just $3 for the standard portion, and goes up to $4.80 for the drumstick. If you’re feeling healthy, there’s also the option of getting the meat—steamed or roasted—on its own, priced from $7.80 for a whole chicken breast.
For those who want variety, consider getting their Herbal Soup ($6.80) and Curry Chicken with Potato ($5.80) to share.
4. Go Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice
Famous Bangkok chicken rice chain Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice first launched its Singapore offshoot at NEX in 2018. Since then, the Michelin Bib Gourmand-minted brand has opened four more outlets, including VivoCity and Plaza Singapura.
A standout element of their Thai-style chicken rice is their spicy chilli sauce, a house special that combines ginger, garlic, red chilli, and a few other secret ingredients for a burst of flavour and heat. A Single Portion Chicken costs $4.50++ for breast meat, and $5.50++ for the thigh. It includes poached chicken and cucumber slices atop a mountain of fragrant rice, along with chicken soup and their signature dark sauce.
5. Mackenzie Rex Restaurant
This halal-certified restaurant has been serving quality roasted chicken rice since 1966. Centrally located on Prinsep Street, Mackenzie Rex Restaurant‘s signature is the Chicken with Rice ($5.90), a simple yet satisfying dish of fluffy and flavourful rice, paired with tender roasted chicken. The eatery also offers a slew of halal zi char favourites; think sweet and sour fish, seafood noodles, and chilli crab.
Address: 66 Prinsep Street, #01-01, Singapore 188668
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
6. Evertop Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice
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Touted by fans as one of the best halal chicken rice in Singapore, Evertop Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice‘s rendition features tender slices of chicken and a generous serving of fragrant rice. You can opt for roasted or steamed chicken, which are the signatures, or try something different like the Thai-style chicken, which has been said to be juicy and refreshingly sweet. Prices vary depending on what and how much you order.
Evertop has two locations: one in Clementi (Clementi Ave 2, Blk 354, #01-259, Singapore 120354) and the other in Joo Chiat (89/91 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427383). If you prefer to dine in the comfort of your home, you can order online and have your meal delivered to your doorstep.
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Those who love yong tau foo and chicken rice can get both at DaJie, a halal-certified eatery with two outlets in the west: Clementi (Blk 354 Clementi Ave 2, #01-253, Singapore 120354), and Bukit Batok (Blk 372 Bukit Batok Street 31, #01-374, Singapore 650372). They have Roasted Chicken Rice ($4.20), and Chicken Macaroni ($4.20), plus Niang Dou Fu ($0.90 per piece) with yummy base options (top up $0.50) including Tom Yum, Mala and Laksa.
Peppermint at PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay offers a wide range of Asian fare and international delights, including plant-based options. The halal buffet includes Hainanese Chicken Rice, on top of other local must-haves such as Seafood Kueh Pie Tee, and Singapore Laksa with Seafood. Everything is prepared fresh in the open kitchen, and you get to choose from over 40 dishes from the buffet lineup.
Prices start at $65++ per adult for lunch, and $88++ for dinner.
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore 039594
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am to 11am, 12pm to 2:30pm, 6:30pm to 11pm, Sat-Sun 7am to 11am, 12pm to 3pm, 6:30pm to 11pm
Tel: 6845 1112
9. Straits Kitchen
Straits Kitchen at Grand Hyatt Singapore is another halal buffet to check out for a plethora of local hawker delights, including Hainanese Chicken Rice. Everything is prepared in halal-certified theatre kitchens, with highlights such as roti prata, chicken murtabak, assorted satay, and even Singapore Black Pepper Crab. Those who love Peranakan desserts will be pleased with the spread here, which features Malay kueh lapis, and sago gula melaka.
The buffet is priced at $62++ per adult for lunch and $72++ for dinner.
Address: 10 Scotts Road, Grand Hyatt Singapore, Singapore 228221
Buffet hours: Daily 12pm to 2pm, 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Mention halal buffet and chances are most foodies would mention Carousel as a go-to. Located in Royal Plaza on Scotts, this lavish international buffet features over 100 dishes prepared in their halal-certified kitchens. The impressive selection includes everything from fresh sushi and sashimi, to their Signature Chicken Rice, which comprises poached corn-fed chicken and Chinese-spiced roasted chicken atop traditional chicken rice and condiments.
Visit on a weekend for special treats in the likes of Ikura, and the dinner-exclusive Truffled Lobster Risotto. Weekday lunch is priced at $58++ per adult and $68++ on weekends. For dinner, it’s $78++ on weekdays, and $88++ on weekends.
Address: 25 Scotts Road, Lobby Level, Royal Plaza on Scotts, Singapore 228220
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 2pm, 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Halal chicken rice places to try
From affordable hawker stalls to all-you-can-eat options, there’s a good range of halal chicken rice places for you to choose from. Bookmark this list for future reference!
If you’re looking for more halal food in Singapore, we’ve done up a list of halal restaurants for special occasions. Alternatively, check out these halal date night restaurants for meals under $25 per pax!
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